The Executive Committee of the Confederations of African Football (CAF) has announced the dates for both 2022 FIFA World Cup – African Qualifiers and TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d’Ivoire 2023 Qualifiers draws at its meeting.
The TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d’Ivoire 2023 Qualifiers draw will be conducted on January 21, 2022 in Douala, Cameroon.
The preliminary round will be played by a knockout system: home and away matches and will include the lower ranked teams in accordance with the FIFA rankings.
The teams qualified from this round will reach the group stage composed of 48 teams.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup – African Qualifiers draw will be conducted the following day on January 22, 2022 in Douala, Cameroon.
The 10 qualified teams will be divided into two levels based on the official FIFA ranking, published in November 2021.
The five highest ranked teams will play against the five least ranked teams (the first leg will be played at home of the lower ranked teams).
According to the ranking published on the November 19, 2021 after the last round, the distribution of the teams on the two pots shall be as follows:
Level 1: Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Nigeria
Level 2: Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, DR Congo